菲律宾多媒体艺术家 Doktor Karayom（别名 Rasel Trinidad）的作品都是血红色的。而这并非巧合。作为恐怖血腥的爱好者，他笔下赤调的绘画和雕塑充斥着怪物和被截肢的器官。但这绝不是为了使人惊吓或恶心—— Doktor Karayom 的作品充满趣味，而且是以嘲讽的方式呈现出来。
他最近的多室墙绘《Hindi Totoo》，在“他加禄语”中的意思是“不真实的”，就像一个漫画艺术家的狂热梦想。画里的生物和被迫害的人在每个层面上都极尽痛苦地扭动着。被尖叫的脸庞覆盖着整个地面和楼梯，火焰在天花板上蔓延……每一层新地板和新角落，墙上的画面都在不断演变。 Doktor Karayom 作品中的人物形象，都是从菲律宾民间传说中选出来的。
It’s no coincidence that the work of Doktor Karayom, the alias of multimedia artist Rasel Trinidad, is all done in blood red. As a fan of horror and gore, his crimson-tinged paintings and sculptures are rife with monsters and amputated body parts. But it’s never meant to shock or disgust—everything is all in good fun and done with a tongue-in-cheek playfulness.
His recent multi-room mural, Hindi Totoo, which in Tagalog means “not real,” is like a comic artist’s fever dream. Creatures and victims writhe in pleasure and agony across every surface possible. The walls, ceiling, and stairs are covered with screaming faces and flames stretch across the ceiling. With each new floor and corner, the mural evolves and transforms.
Many of the characters that appear in the piece are culled from Filipino folklore. You can find the tikbalang, which has the head of a horse with a human body, and aswangs, the term for various shape-shifting beings of legend. Inspiration also came from “Magandang Gabi Bayan,” a news segment he watched as a kid in the 90s. “They had Halloween specials where they told scary stories,” says Karayom. “These stories helped my imagination run free.”
Hindi Totoo was done at Manila’s De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, a school where many of the country’s creatives gravitate (if they can afford it). Karayom certainly couldn’t. “When I was a little kid I drew anything I saw, but I never thought I’d be an artist,” he recalls. “I wasn’t sure if I’d go to college because we couldn’t afford tuition.” In any case, art hardly seemed worth studying to his family. “Since this is a third-world country, they wanted me to become a lawyer or doctor. But I asked them to trust me because this is what I wanted. And my parents supported me.”
He attended the Technological University of the Philippines where he studied fine arts, but it was his experimentations with street art that helped him find his voice as an artist. “Once I started painting strictly with red, I think that’s when people started to notice me,” he recalls.